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Posted in 51 Percent, ERA, Feminism, Feminist Majority, Humanism, Politics, women, Women's Rights, tagged Discrimination, Gender Equality, Rape, VAWA, Violence on February 14, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
From the President of the United Steel Workers:
Events in California:
Posted in 51 Percent, Communications, Congress, Feminism, Health Care, Justice, Politics, women, Women's Rights, tagged Contraception, current-events, defamation, Democrats, Equal Rights Amendment, Equality, ERA, Fiorina, Fluke, Hate Speech, Limbaugh, Politics, Republicans, Slander on March 3, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Yesterday ThinkProgress’s Adam Peck reported that enough uproar had been created by Rush Limbaughs remarks over Sandra Fluke, that as many as 4 sponsors of Limbaugh’s show had canceled. It’s a good read.
Rush Limbaugh’s Advertisers Facing Social Media Firestorm
By Adam Peck on Mar 2, 2012 at 3:40
…So far, Sleep Number, The Sleep Train, Quicken Loans, Legal Zoom and Citrix have pulled ads from the program, and several others are considering following their lead…..
I especially think people who sell beds WOULD want to stay away from insulting half the US population.
Over at the CS Monitor Peter Grier asks:
Is Rush Limbaugh damaging the Republican Party?
Before Rush Limbaugh spoke up, the Republicans thought they had a winning issue on contraception in health-care plans. Now, everyone is on the same side: against Rush Limbaugh.
By Peter Grier, Staff writer / March 2, 2012
…Limbaugh himself remains unapologetic for his comments. On his radio show Friday he said, “This isn’t about contraception anyway. This is about expanding the reach and power of government into your womb, if you’re a woman.”…
Good question Peter- except I think that question was answered in 2008, when Clear Channel signed that 400 million dollar contract for Limbaugh, during the last election. You can’t undo the anger of women then, by generating more outrage.
Does Carly Fiorina Just Not Get It?
Posted by Erick Erickson (Diary)
Friday, March 2nd at 10:12AM EST
[Carly Fiorina is offended by Rush Limbaugh’s comments on Georgetown Law School student Sandra Fluke, who testified before Congress that she wants the American taxpayers to subsidize her sexual proclivities.
We should be insulted with Fluke, but Fiorina is insulted by Limbaugh.
“That language is insulting, in my opinion. It’s incendiary and most of all, it’s a distraction. It’s a distraction from what are very real and important issues,” said Fiorina on CBS’s “This Morning.”
...So of course Rush Limbaugh was being insulting. He was using it as a tool to highlight just how absurd the Democrats’ position is on this. It’s what he does and does quite well. And in the process he’s exposing a lot of media bias on the issue as people rush out (no pun intended) to make Sandra Fluke a victim of his insults and dance around precisely what is really insulting — her testimony before congress that American taxpayers should subsidize the sexual habits of Georgetown Law School students because, God forbid, they should stop having sex if they cannot afford the pills themselves.
Suddenly, an act Democrats have said for years was private and consensual, must despite that be paid for by the American taxpayers.
BONUS POINT: Why is a person who lost a U.S. Senate campaign after sucking up vast resources from Republicans donors that could have gone elsewhere somehow made the Vice Chairman of the GOP’s Senate Campaign Committee?..]
Erickson is referring to her failed California Senate race for Barbara Boxer’s seat. If you read her interesting bio link attached to her name above, you’ll know I’m not near her political pasture. There is no doubt, however, she is qualified to be Vice Chairman of the GOP’s Senate Campaign Committee.
Money drives elections; Carly couldn’t have made the CA run if supporters weren’t willing to pay the money for her to do it. Money drives elections, yet Erickson would rather spread the misogyny and insult an important republican woman overseeing the Party’s finances, to support the Limbaugh Hate Speech Club. Erickson’s stated opinion above that that Limbaugh WAS being deliberately insulting probably doesn’t help Limbaugh.
Carly gets it, Erick.
I’ll point out again, the Blunt bill was stupid and would have allowed unnamed and anonymous exclusions from the Affordable Care Act for any sort of “conscience” claim.
Birth control was not specifically identified in the bill.
Contraception is for two.
If a woman wants sex with him the man has got to want it too.
Limbaugh’s hate speech is paid for, to the tune of 400 million dollars, by Clear Channel. No matter the right or left politics of it, or which political party comes out of this looking better, it’s hate speech against women, and, Sandra Fluke in particular. The man called her a “slut and round heeled”. The lawyers will have to decide if Limbaugh’s speech is also actionable.
Posted in 51 Percent, Communications, ERA, Feminism, Justice, Politics, women, Women's Rights, tagged Bain Capital, Breitbart, Clear Channel, Danica Patrick, defamation, John Smart, Lawsuit, Limbaugh, Misogyny, Sherrod, Thomas H. Lee Partners on March 2, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
After the announcement of Andrew Breitbart’s death, I did wonder about this and Politico has the scoop:
[Shirley Sherrod's suit against Andrew Breitbart likely to continue
By JOSH GERSTEIN | 3/1/12 4:38 PM EST
A defamation lawsuit a former Agriculture Department employee filed against conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart is likely to continue despite Breitbart's unexpected death on Wednesday night at age 43 .....
http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2012/03/shirley-sherrods-suit- against-andrew-breitbart-likely-116078.html ]
Please go to their full article and read it. If all the kinks are worked out it seems likely that Breitbart’s estate and at least one co-worker will be subject to the continued court proceedings.
I liked John’s post, first because he laid out the timeline of events nicely, and because I thought he well represented the traps, pitfalls and honesty in opinion writing.
Can the the tenants of this lawsuit apply elsewhere? You lawyers out there will know, but it seems to me that one person who defames another and gets paid or promised 400 million dollars to do it ought to have made vulnerable the whole business system that allowed this defamation.
Even if he gets fired.
Even if he dies.
What are 15 million listeners supposed to think, when year after year Limbaugh and Company get away with this garbage and no one brings them to justice?
And, what about Danica?
Posted in 51 Percent, Congress, Election, election reform, Feminism, Finance, I Own My Vote, Justice, Pets, Politics, voter reform, War, women, tagged American Constitution Party, BP. Obama, China, Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act, Green Party, Iran, Irtyish River, Japan Health, longevity, Mohammed Mostafaei, Political Parties, S.3628, Sakineh Ashtiani, Stoning, Supreme Court, Tancredo, TNK-BP, Torture on July 26, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
On this one, I agree with the Prez. Pass the Disclose Act tomorrow, otherwise known as the “Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act, S.3628,(correction) see file “getdoc.cgi“! Don’t let this Supreme Court Decision stand. Corporations should not have personhood, or the right to donate money without disclosure to elections. It was bad enough last election WITH disclosure.
The White House Blog
President Obama on Citizens United: “Imagine the Power This Will Give Special Interests Over Politicians”
Posted by Jesse Lee on July 26, 2010 at 03:07 PM EDT
With a Senate vote tomorrow on legislation to undo some of the damage from the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, the President laid out the stakes in no uncertain terms:
Monday A vote to oppose these reforms is nothing less than a vote to allow corporate and special interest takeovers of our elections. It is damaging to our democracy. It is precisely what led a Republican President named Theodore Roosevelt to tackle this issue a century ago.
As pre-announced last month, Hayward’s head is going to be put on the plate for the BP Gulf debacle. If you will pardon the Cold War chuckle, they are sending him HERE in Siberia. Well not quite, the headquarters of TNK-BP was changed to the British Virgin Islands in 2006. However, if he takes the penitent’s job, I see no reason to believe that he will fail to visit the Irtyish River once or twice. TNK-BP announced in January they were aiming to double production. Hayward sounds like just the guy they need. Who needs a river anyway?
BP’s Hayward to Leave as CEO; Russia Job in Works
Look at that, China doen’t want to be left out of the story either!
In counterpoint to our health plans, Japan’s keep producing this:
Japan women’s life expectancy world longest for 25th straight year
Posted : Mon, 26 Jul 2010 10:04:50 GMT
By : dpa
Tokyo – Japanese women held the world’s longest life expectancy for the 25th year in row in 2009, with their average life-span hitting a record high of 86.44 years, the government said Monday.
Japanese men’s life expectancy also posted a record high of 79.59 years, but they dropped to fifth in the world from fourth in 2008, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare said in a report.
The extension was attributed to improved treatment of major causes of death among Japanese – cancer, strokes, pneumonia and cardiac disorders.
“If an influenza epidemic does not break out, the life expectancy (of Japanese people) is likely to extend further,” a ministry official was quoted by Kyodo News as saying.
In the men’s list, Qatar topped the men’s list at 81.0 years, followed by Hong Kong at 79.8 years, and Iceland and Switzerland at 79.7 years.
As for women, Japan was followed by Hong Kong at 86.1 years, and France at 84.5 years.
As adjunct to a recent comment about the lack of alternatives in political parties over at the Confluence last night, this news arrives from the Denver Post. Just in case you didn’t know, there is frustration among Repubs as well as Dems. Upsetting TeaPartiers, Tom Tancredo has decided to openly declare his right wing intentions by running for the American Constitution Party. Frankly I like this kind of transparency; Tancredo hasn’t changed, he’s just come out of the closet.
Tancredo will run for governor as American Constitution Party candidate
By Karen Crummy, Denver Post Staff Writer
POSTED: 07/26/2010 08:48:17 AM MDT
UPDATED: 07/26/2010 11:49:11 AM MDT
Tom Tancredo (Denver Post | 2008 file)
[Former Congressman Tom Tancredo is in the race for Colorado governor, he said this morning. "I will officially announce at noon that I will seek the nomination of the constitution party," Tancredo told the Post....]
In case you don’ think they are serious, take a look a t the Wiki link and see how many positions they are seeking in the 2010 election. A few can become a voting block pretty quickly.
At the same time, some over at the Black Agenda are advocating ending the sheep stroll for the Democratic party and going Black, Red And Green.
Black American Politics in the 21st Century: Is It Time For A New Plan?
Wed, 07/14/2010 – 09:28 — Bruce A. Dixon
[We all love and respect our ancestor and freedom fighter Frederick Douglass. But in the 21st century, nobody is trying to imitate his haircut or wear his 19th century clothes. So why is 21st century black America still stuck with Frederick Douglass's political strategy, 140 years later? And how's that old stuff working out for us, anyway?...]
The Green Party has their own list, and want you to support their local candidates.
Keep a repugnant law on the books, just so the very arrogant and powerful can play God. Then, when the international community calls you on the carpet, blame them and the defenders of the victims.
We have our own problems with the death penalty here in the USA, but for this kind of torture even the Humane Society would have your ass in jail and the key thrown away.
Just who gets to throw these stones anyway? You gotta wonder what it does to the throwers as well. It’s government sponsored Milgrams, only with real consequences:
Attorney of Iranian Condemend(sic. Condemned) to Be Stoned Faces Arrest
Edward Yeranian | Cairo
26 July 2010
Iran has reportedly issued an arrest warrant for the attorney of Sakineh Ashtiani, whose stoning sentence has enraged many in the West. Iranian authorities apparently detained the wife and brother-in-law of attorney Mohammed Mostafaei, when they were unable to locate him
Posted in 51 Percent, Communications, Congress, ERA, Feminism, Feminist Majority, Great American Women, Politics, women, Women's Rights, tagged Alexandra Gleysteen, Arnold Schwarzenegger, CA, Commission on the Status of Women, Geena Davis, Wikipedia on July 22, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
I’ll just say to whomever is editing Wikipedia for these two, Geena’s page definitely needs revising to better reflect her activities as a woman’s advocate. Alexandra needs inclusion. Better bios were found on the “appointed” link.
They certainly deserve Senate confirmation.
Posted in 51 Percent, Communications, Feminism, Feminist Majority, Humanism, Justice, Politics, women, Women's Rights, tagged 331%, Liberal, Obama Vilsack, Older Workers, Shirley Sherrod, Unemployment, Van Jones on July 21, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
It’s always nice when people agree with and say exactly what you think; especially when they say it so well over at the Confluence:
By Wonk the Vote
UTube and all the other media videos deserve the same scrutiny as your local grown fruit.
Ask these questions: WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, HOW, and WHY!!! if you can’t answer those questions, you don’t know what you are watching. If you don’t know what you are watching, you can’t make a decision. That sure as heck means you don’t go riling people up and firing them cause, you, Freda, are suffering from information deficit syndrome.
Now, you’d a thunk all those gal’ durned Harvard Grads would know that stuff by now.
Either, they really are a bunch of doofuses, or ?
Try this on:
1) As Wonk alludes, we are a long way from realizing the ageist and misogynist elements of this story. WHO, right now is being asked to take early retirement, or let go in the greatest numbers? Who as a group has earned the highest salary in the last few years, and thus has the greatest impact on the bottom line? If you can’t remove someone because of tenure, what other tactics are used? This is a long running storyline.
2) Liberals, and I am one, should spend a little time pondering a pattern of dispensability of the more liberal political elements and civil rights “Old Guard” on the part of the Obama administration. Van Jones wasn’t the only other example. In case you still don’t get it. Obama is NOT A LIBERAL! He is not on your side. Whatever is wanted must come from you and your actions.
Posted in 51 Percent, Children, Communications, Congress, Environment, Health Care, Human Rights, Humanism, Justice, Nature, Politics, women, tagged Border Security, CA, California, Carte Goodwin, Epidemic, Gray Panthers, Gulf OIl Spill, Immigration, indentured labor, National Ocean Council, Ocean Policy Task Force, Pertussis, Unemployment, Unfair child labor, Vaccine, Whooping Cough on July 19, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
If you haven’t yet done so, The Gray Panthers urge you to SPREAD THE WORD to reinstate and extend unemployment insurance and contact you Senator TODAY:
In Unemployment Benefits Extension, a Logistical Headache for States
Overtaxed State Agencies Struggle to Keep Up
By ANNIE LOWREY 7/19/10 6:00 AM
[People seeking unemployment benefits wait in the lobby of an Employment Development Department office in California. (EPA/ZUMAPRESS.com)
On Tuesday, the Senate plans to vote on a federal extension of unemployment benefits, blocked by Senate Republicans for an unprecedented two months. The swearing-in of Carte Goodwin, the temporary replacement for the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), will give Democrats the crucial 60th vote to overcome a GOP filibuster and restore unemployment insurance to 2.5 million Americans….]
The DOL has published a list of products we all want to think twice about purchasing. However, as you read the list you will see some of the difficulties in following through on this kind of a determination. Take cotton for example; Benin, Burkina Faso, China, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan are on the no-no list. Where did your last tee shirt come from? Do we have anywhere near enough inspection? See the list HERE:
ILAB News Release: [07/19/2010]
Contact Name: Gloria Della Clarisse Young
Phone Number: (202) 693-8666 or x5051
Release Number: 10-0914-NAT
US Labor Department publishes updated list of products made with forced or indentured child labor
[WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs today announced the publication of a final list of products that federal contractors must certify under Executive Order 13126 are not produced with forced or indentured child labor. The list will appear in the July 20 edition of the Federal Register….]
As an older adult, around age 55?, my father had Whooping Cough and let me tell you, it wasn’t fun. It is very hard to breath during the coughing attacks. He thought that he had been vaccinated as a child, leading us to believe that the vaccine had lost effectiveness. Check with your doctor about vaccines. Personally, if I were traveling to CA in the future, I’d check with my doctor about getting the vaccine as well.
Vaccine urged as whooping cough epidemic grows
By Bobby Caina Calvan
Published: Monday, Jul. 19, 2010 – 12:37 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 19, 2010 – 1:02 pm
[State health officials today urged more Californians to get vaccinated for whooping cough, as the disease grew to epidemic proportions…]
Border security and Immigration reform are two separate issues. The former is used as a ploy to prevent the latter from happening. Ruben Navarrette shows how the two issues rotate around each other:
Politicians posture over U.S.-Mexico border
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
["What do you mean I'm out of money?" says the bumper sticker. "I still have checks left!" In the immigration debate, some folks use the same logic to raise the issue of border security.
You may remember that President Obama issued an Executive Order on May 22, 2010 directing the institution of a “ National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling”. The Commission released it’s final report today. I guess it will be my evening read:
Final Recommendations of the Ocean Policy Task Force Announced
Posted by Phil Larson on July 19, 2010 at 02:23 PM EDT
Obama Administration officials today released the Final Recommendations of the Ocean Policy Task Force, which would establish a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts, and Great Lakes (National Policy) and create a National Ocean Council (NOC) to strengthen ocean governance and coordination.
In time for the Anniversary of Title IX, The National Women’s Law Center has put out a new Guide entitled: “It’s Your Education: How Title IX Protections Can Help You”. It’s going to be on my reading list for this week. What we don’t know is what can hurt us.